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Mercury Lurking in your Home?

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Part I in the Recycle Series brought to you by Microempowering.org.

Mercury lurking in your home? Find out how to properly recycle common household items containing mercury.

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Mercury Lurking in your Home?

  1. 1. Mercury Lurking in your Home? Recycle Series: Part I brought to you by Microempowering.org
  2. 2. What & Where is Mercury? • Mercury is a liquid metal that is sometimes used in thermometers, thermostats, and fluorescent light bulbs. • While mercury is used in common household items, interacting with it can be harmful to your health.
  3. 3. Dangers of Mercury • Mercury is hazardous if inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin. • That is why it is a necessity to properly dispose of mercury- containing products. • Improper disposal of products containing mercury can damage waterways and contaminate the air and environment.
  4. 4. Thermometers and Thermostats • To reduce the risk of exposure to mercury, exchange your mercury fever thermometers for digital fever thermometers. • Safer alternatives to mercury thermostats are programmable electronic thermostats. They are also more energy efficient.
  5. 5. Disposal of Thermometers & Thermostats • Mercury thermometers can be disposed of at any special waste drop-off site. • When updating your heating system, ask your contractor to remove and recycle your mercury thermostat or recycle them through the Thermostat Recycling Corporation.
  6. 6. Light Bulbs • Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and fluorescent tubes contain slight traces of mercury. • However, they are safe to use.
  7. 7. Disposal of Light Bulbs • You can drop off CFLs at your local Home Depot, Ikea, or Lowes for recycling. • If you choose to dispose of bulbs in your regular trash, be sure to double bag them to prevent injuries to sanitation workers.
  8. 8. Disposal of Light Bulbs • When disposing of bulbs, handle with care to avoid breakage. • If you break a bulb, follow the Environmental Protection A to ensure your safety.
  9. 9. For more information on topics like this visit ourResources page at www.Microempowering.org

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